Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What's Up Wednesday: December 2016

Hi all! Are you ready for a lovely weekend with family or friends? I get so excited to see how happy and surprised the kids are during Christmas, and I think this is one of the few times in life when it is totally acceptable to live vicariously through your children. Thank you for joining me today for the last 2016 edition of What's Up Wednesday with Mel, Shay, and Sheaffer. Please say hello in the comments below, and if you're new here, follow along with me on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Bloglovin'.


What we're eating this week...
Way too many sweets! I'll be making Mel's BLT Salad for dinner tomorrow night, The Pioneer Woman's Italian Sloppy Joes for dinner Friday night, and a pot roast for Christmas Eve. We're hosting Christmas lunch and don't like to go too traditional. We'll be grilling lime chicken and topping our tacos with my salsa recipe. I'm also going to try out Mel's salted caramel brownies!


What I'm reminiscing about...
This time last year, Robert and I were finishing up building this horse stable for the Roo. We thought we were saving money by making it ourselves...yea. Let's just say, Santa is bringing all pre-packaged gifts this year! :)


What I'm loving...
I've been watching an unhealthy amount of television this week, especially baking and cooking competitions! Thankfully my t.v. isn't a 3D printer, but I am excited to try some new recipes this weekend.

What we've been up to...
Robert and the kids went down south for a few days so I could help Santa's elves prep for the holidays. I have just a few little things left to pick up and wrap, but I feel like we're in good shape to celebrate this weekend. 

What I'm dreading...
I hate putting the decorations away. Can't we just live like it's Christmas every day? Although I wish we did more outdoor decorations, I'm also grateful that we don't so we don't have to worry about the clean-up.


What I'm working on...
I'm putting together a series of posts for the new year. I hope that you'll find them helpful and encouraging!

What I'm excited about...
Two things- seeing the kids' faces on Sunday morning and then hitting up a few post-Christmas sales with Robert to spend some holiday gift cards wisely

What I'm reading...
I bought Andy Cohen's latest, Superficial. I wish I carved out more time to read. I usually only get one hardcore history book in the summer and something trashy like a celebrity autobiography over Christmas break. Currently, I spend 2 hours a day driving back and forth to work and am thinking of gifting myself an Audible subscription

What I'm listening to...
We've had the Pandora Christmas station on a lot lately. The artist Fracesca Battistelli has come on a few times, and I like her voice and version of some traditional Christmas songs. 

What I'm wearing...
I wore this outfit for my birthday dinner a few weeks back and really like this Old Navy top. It looks like the top is no longer available online, but they have a dress made of the same print HERE. I got my puffer coat the day after Christmas last year at Old Navy for under $20! It is so warm and goes with everything. 

What we're doing this weekend...
We'll do a nice dinner with Robert's mom on Saturday night and let the kids open presents from family that evening. Hopefully we'll get to watch a Christmas movie or two! On Sunday, I'm going to try to have a cinnamon roll or french toast casserole ready for breakfast as the kids open up their gifts from Santa. Then, we're hosting my family for lunch where I'll be serving a Mexican feast!

What I'm looking forward to...
I'm excited to see the kids' reactions to their gifts from Santa. We have a strict budget on Santa and definitely don't do lavish or over the top, but I think we found a few things that the kids will like to play with for the next few years. When they're over the moon about something, their excitement is catching! (Except in 2014, somebody did not care who came to town with presents, she just wanted to SLEEP!)

What else is new...
I changed a little bit of the formatting on my blog the other day. I'm hoping it is easier on your eyes!


Question of the month: What is your favorite memory from 2016?  
I really was a proud mom this year. I loved seeing Trip be successful with his passion for art, and it was awesome to see him experience a moment of being a champ in his swim league. I love that he has found activities that he truly enjoys and works hard to excel in them. 


As for Aurelia, this time last year, she was really struggling with some of her speech and became very emotional and hard on herself, which in turn, completely broke my heart. That baby worked every day for 2 months solid to overcome her speech issues, and to see her get so excited by her own progress made me melt. 


The upcoming days are going to be busy, but I hope you will stop by the rest of this week. Tomorrow I'll be sharing a new sweet treat recipe for Try It Thursday, and on Friday, I'll be sharing my final installment of gift guides. I hope to see you again soon! 


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